Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

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[June 30, 2016]  June 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday:

Indians 3, Braves 0

The Cleveland Indians are one win away from tying their all-time record for consecutive victories.

Danny Salazar won his sixth consecutive start and Lonnie Chisenhall hit his third homer in five games as the Indians made it 12 in a row with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

The Indians' record winning streak is 13 games, first set in 1942 and matched in 1951.

Salazar (10-3) allowed five hits, walked none and struck out eight over seven innings while lowering his ERA to 2.22 -- second in the American League.

Cubs 9, Reds 2

Anthony Rizzo belted his first career inside-the-park home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs over six frames as the Chicago Cubs completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 9-2 victory.

Rizzo hit a liner to left-center field that caromed off the glove of left fielder Adam Duvall and rolled to the warning track. Rizzo raced around the bases to stake the Cubs to an early 3-0 lead.

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who nearly collided with Duvall on the play, was struck on the left side of his face by the ball and had to leave the game.

Tigers 10, Marlins 3

Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs and Daniel Norris struck out a career-high eight batters as Detroit cruised past Miami.

Cabrera and Jarrod Saltamacchia, who also homered, had three hits apiece for the Tigers.

Steven Moya added a solo shot, Victor Martinez had two hits and two RBIs and Ian Kinsler contributed two hits and three runs scored. Norris (1-0), making his second start of the season, gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings.

Blue Jays 5, Rockies 3

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez gave nearly all the Blue Jays' relievers the afternoon off as he dazzled the Colorado Rockies.

Sanchez worked a season-high-tying eight innings as the Blue Jays beat the Rockies 5-3.

Sanchez (8-1) got 14 outs on ground balls, including two double plays. The Rockies managed just six singles off Sanchez, who issued two walks and recorded three strikeouts during his 106-pitch outing.

Orioles 12, Padres 6

Yovani Gallardo's solid pitching enabled the Baltimore Orioles to record their seventh straight win with a 12-6 victory over the host San Diego Padres.

Gallardo (3-1) allowed three runs on as many hits and struck out six in six innings to pick up the victory.

Mark Trumbo paced the Orioles with four RBIs and Manny Machado added three in the Orioles' 12-hit attack.

Rays 4, Red Sox 0

Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and pitched seven shutout innings, outdueling former teammate David Price.

Price (8-5) has just one win in his last seven starts, and he is now 0-3 as a visitor since being dealt from the Rays two years ago.

Astros 10, Angels 4

Jose Altuve was a homer short of the cycle, and the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 10-4 win.

Altuve, who has an 11-game hitting streak, singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth.

With a chance for the cycle in the sixth, he lined out to left. Then in the ninth, he singled to left for his fourth hit.

George Springer and Luis Valbuena homered for Houston, which got a serviceable performance on the mound from starter Dallas Keuchel (5-9), who gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks to get the win.

Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 8 (10 innings)

Philadelphia pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the Phillies completed a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Peter Bourjos beat out an infield single to shortstop with one out off right-hander Silvino Bracho (0-2), and Cody Asche singled Bourjos to third base to bring up Goeddel.

Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, the Phillies' seventh pitcher, worked around a one-out bunt single by Michael Bourn in the bottom of the 10th inning for his first career save.

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Yankees 9, Rangers 7

Brian McCann homered in consecutive at-bats and Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run with one outs in the bottom of the ninth as New York rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat Texas.

After Alex Rodriguez lined out, McCann drove a 1-0 pitch from Sam Dyson into the right-field seats.

Starlin Castro followed with a walk and Gregorius ended it by lining the first pitch from Dyson into the right-center field into the right-field seats.

It was Gregorius' first career walk-off home run and touched off a wild celebration at the plate.

Nationals 4, Mets 2

Max Scherzer allowed just two hits and no runs with 10 strikeouts in 7-1/3 innings and Dan Murphy hit two homers as the Nationals beat the Mets 4-2, sweeping the three-game series against the defending National League champions.

Murphy hit a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the eighth to lift his average to .352 as he tied a career-high with 14 homers this year.

Brewers 7, Dodgers 0

Home runs from Ryan Braun and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a career-high eight shutout innings from right-hander Junior Guerra led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Guerra (5-1) earned his second consecutive victory by holding the Dodgers to just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Braun's home run was his 13th of the season and extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Nieuwenhuis' hit his fifth.

White Sox 9, Twins 6

Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino and Todd Frazier all homered and James Shields picked up his first win for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Saladino homered in the fifth inning before Frazier followed up with his solo shot in the sixth to give Shields some room to work with.

Shields (3-9) notched his first victory for the White Sox after he surrendered a leadoff home run to Eduardo Nunez, but then settled in to work 6-2/3 innings when he scattered eight hits, struck out five and walked one.

Royals 3, Cardinals 2 (12 innings)

Alcides Escobar's one-out RBI double in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Whit Merrifield started the rally with a double off Seth Maness (0-2), St. Louis' eighth pitcher of the game, and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Escobar lined a 3-1 pitch down the right field line just in front of a diving Stephen Piscotty as Merrifield scored.

Wang Chien-Ming (5-0) pitched the last two innings for the win as Kansas City (41-36) won despite stranding 19 runners.

Athletics 7, Giants 1

Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso hit two-run homers, and rookie left-hander Sean Manaea pitched 5-2/3 scoreless innings, leading Oakland to a 7-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Manaea (3-4) had been on the disabled list since June 14 with a strained left forearm before being activated on Wednesday to make his 10th career start. He gave up six hits, struck out four and walked one.

Pirates 8, Mariners 1

The Pittsburgh Pirates rolled out to a big early lead and rode rookie starter Jameson Taillon to an 8-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

The 24-year-old Taillon (2-1) allowed just one run off six hits over six innings in his fifth major league start.

Pirates right fielder Sean Rodriguez had two doubles, four RBIs and scored twice as Pittsburgh (38-41) jumped out to an 8-0 lead through the top of the fifth inning.

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